We came across Al’s about a year and a half ago when the Hound’s mom did some babysitting for some old friends in Naperville. I didn’t have to hang around, so I checked out downtown. Nice walkable area, with a grown-up small town vibe. Lots of people out. There’s a nice historic area a short walk away, not to mention North Central College and a Metra stop.
Naperville is actually much larger than its quaint downtown suggests; it now has a population of over 140,000 people. There’s probably great pizza in Naperville, but I had a place in mind that the Pizza Hound picked out.
It took a bit of a drive north to find Al’s Pizza. If Naperville seemed like it used to be a small town, the area around Al’s still really felt like a small town. You would have no idea that Warrenville was now a small western suburb with a population of about 13,000, with gleaming office parks and Interstate 88 just a short drive away. When Al’s opened in 1959, there were only about 3,000 people living in Warrenville.
From the outside, Al’s looked a bit like a small roadhouse, with cars parked around the outside. Inside there was a nice comfortable dining area, with some booths and photos on the walls. The lighting was perfect for the place, not too bright and not too dark. The place seemed like a great spot to go with the family for a Friday night meal or with friends after a game.
At the take-out counter, the staff was very friendly and welcoming. Most of the young guys working in the kitchen were wearing some form of hunting camouflage, which reminded me a lot of my hometown in Missouri. I grabbed the pizza and headed back to Naperville.
As usual, the pizza was all pepperoni, half sausage. The crust was great. Very thin, but almost soft. There was a small bit of crust visible along the edge, which meant a lot of crust for Ernie. A delicious and very well-made pizza. Recommended. Check ’em out sometime!
Al’s Pizza is located 28W241 Warrenville Rd., Warrenville, IL 60555
We don’t have any photos, as this was early on the pizza hunt, but check out these sites out for some good ones.